2015 Volkswagen Golf R

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Volkswagen has upped the ante with it’s flagship performance hatch, the Golf R.  For 2013 the car gets a much needed power increase to 290 horsepower. Although the power is increased, fuel economy is actually boosted by 18%.  The Golf R utilizes a fifth generation Haldex® all wheel drive system that delivers power where it’s needed most. A new traction control system and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) with four driving modes (Eco, Comfort, Normal, and Race) and a user customized Individual setting ensures the most fun in any condition. The engine is a tweaked version of the GTI’s powerplant, which was subjected to a motorsports-style development program. Buy (TBA) More pictures after the jump… Continue reading 2015 Volkswagen Golf R

neff Face Masks

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As temperatures drop to historical lows, it’s incredibly important to keep all exposed area covered when venturing outdoors.  Why not do it with style and hilarity? Neff has a great line of face masks that keep you warm everywhere from the slopes to the morning commute.  With many styles to choose from, you can’t go wrong with such a colorful array of awesome. Three vent holes let you breathe while the 100% polyester construction keeps out the cold and wind.  Buy ($28+)

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Jiberish Padded Chambray Work Shirt

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Jiberish is known for their offbeat styles and snow sports fashion focus. Based in Denver with boutiques in Denver, Boston and Park City, this clothing shop has some truly unique designs, peppered with an outdoorsy appeal. The Padded Chambray Work Shirt is perfect for those cold weather days when a standard button up just doesn’t cut it. The slim fit design offers a nice shape, while the snap up buttons make it easy on, easy off. A sewn in diamond stitched inside thermal layer keeps you toasty, while the chambray outer keeps you looking sharp. Buy($90)

Suunto Core

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Suunto is known for their powerhouse sports and dive watches.  The Core watch in Brushed Steel is not only a great looking watch, but one of the most robust feature packed outdoor sport watches on the market. The minimalist natural steel design combines a classic look with a modern tool kit. The core features an altimeter, compass, barometer, temperature, storm alarm, sunrise/sunset, depth meter for free-diving,  and multiple standard watch features.  A light elastomer strap keeps the Core on your wrist. A backlit electro-luminescant display helps the watch to be visible night and day.  The watch is water resistant down to 100ft. Buy ($269-500)

Anon M2 Goggle

The M2 from Anon is a revolutionary new way to goggle. It is a essentially a frameless design that utilizes 16 rare earth magnets integrated into the carrier liner to secure the lens to the frame. The lens is held on with 22lbs of retention force, and has been tested to stay on even in heavy impact situations. Wall to wall construction keeps the lens closer to your face, providing a much better peripheral range of vision. Anon offers a lens for every light condition, and their ICT (Integral Clarity Technology) ensures crystal clear vision, regardless of conditions. The spherical lens mimics the human eye to reduce distortion. The M2 also comes with an extra lens.  Buy ($239.95)

Burton Sleeper Hoodie

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The Burton Sleeper Full-Zip Hoodie is essential for travelers who want to catch some rest between point A and point B.  This is not your typical sweatshirt.  The Sleeper features a removable, inflatable neck pillow for optimum comfort at 30,000 feet. A contoured light shield keeps out unwanted light, allowing you to snooze anywhere.  Your passport and tickets are safely contained in internal zippered pockets.  The hoodie is comfortable in any cabin temperature, with zippered pit vents and a mesh lining.  Thumb holes at the cuff add the extra warmth your hands are looking for. The hoodie is great for travel and everything else. Buy ($100)

Misfit Shine

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Misfit Shine is a wearable fitness and activity tracker.  It is one of the best looking trackers we’ve seen to date.  The Shine is carved out of a solid block of aircraft grade aluminum and is water resistant to 50m, a designation that sets it apart from other fitness trackers.  It can be clipped to your clothing, worn on your wrist with either a rubber or leather strap, and can even be worn as a necklace. The Misfit Shine is a bit larger than a quarter and is able to track swimming, cycling, and steps taken.  The device can also track sleep and the LEDs can be used as a clock as well. To sync the device, simply place it on top of your phone’s screen. Video after the jump. Buy ($119.95)

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Snowball Blaster

If you’re like us, you believe that growing up is overrated.  There’s no escaping adulthood, it’s a physiological certainty, but there is nothing wrong with letting your inner child shine through every once and a while. The Snowball Blaster from Wham-O is one of the best ways to do this.  It makes and launches softball sized snowballs up to 80 feet. The easy to pull mechanism ensures rapid firing and pinpoint accuracy. The three-ball snowball press on top of the blaster is removable, for added mobility. The Snowball Blaster comes with a bonus shield and vinyl targets, and it’s cheap enough to buy an entire arsenal. Buy ($19.99)

SKULPT Aim

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Winter has arrived, making physical fitness goals tough to reach, especially without clear results. SKULPT Aim seeks to change that. This handheld body composition and muscle quality analyzer is the perfect tool to track and pinpoint results and problem areas. Founded by doctors and engineers, SKULPT aims to provide a medical-grade device that can quantify muscle quality (MQ) and body fat percentage quickly and easily.  The Aim is used by simply placing the device over the muscle you want to measure, and the results are instant. MQ and fat percentage are immediately displayed on the device for that area.  This helps to track the problem areas and know which muscle groups need to be worked. Continue reading SKULPT Aim

SOLOSHOT

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Filming yourself is not an easy task.  The advent of action POV cameras such as the GoPro and Contour has helped amateur videographers catch themselves on tape without the help of a cameraman.  These are great, but are usually only good for close shots either attached to the user or somewhere near, and only provide a fairly static shot.  SOLOSHOT helps you get those long panning shots all by yourself, of yourself, automatically. Continue reading SOLOSHOT

Nixon Baja Watch

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Nixon’s newest timepiece, the Baja, is a thing of beauty. Clean lines and a monochromatic display contrasted by a colorful face make this watch an instant classic. The Baja was developed as a ‘self-contained survival station’.  The protective angled bezel holds a number of great features, including a compass, a thermometer and a flashlight. The nylon band keeps the Baja on your wrist, while the 50mm case makes a bold statement.  The display includes an EL backlight and a high contrast LCD for superior viewing in any conditions. Buy ($150)

Volcom Baldface Guide GORE-TEX Jacket

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With ski and snowboard season upon us, it’s time to step up the gear game with some real technical outerwear that actually keeps you warm and dry.  The Volcom Baldface Guide jacket is made of a three layer laminate GORE-TEX fabric, with fully taped seams and breathable mesh inner fabric. The jacket also features Volcom’s Zip Tech® jacket to pant interface, which is a must when riding through deep powder or wet snow. A built in face mask is sure to keep your exposed face warm, while AquaGuard® water-proof zippers keep wind and water out.  The Baldface was made with ski and snowboard guides in mind; known for subjecting their equipment to some of the worst elements of winter and who require gear that is up to the task. Buy($499)

Sennheiser PMX 685i SPORTS

The new PMX 685i SPORTS headphones from Sennheiser are exactly what we’ve been looking for to step up our running game.  Running is not the easiest of physical activities, and those that are not in love with the sport can always use a bit of motivation.  Music is a great way to kick oneself into gear and get moving. The problem is most headphones are not designed for running and are either uncomfortable or fall out.  The ones that are made for sports usually sacrifice sound quality for a more athletic design.  The high-output drivers in the PMX SPORTS serve up a healthy dose of natural stereo sound while the in-ear design functions to keep your situational awareness of your surroundings in check. The 685i are comfortable, sweat and water resistant neckband style headphones that are rugged and durable. They can be rinsed off under the faucet to remove grime and perspiration. The monocoque design ensures that the phones will not fall off during activity, something earbuds are notorious for.  Buy($62)

FUBi Folding Bike

FUBi Bike is one of the most compact folding bikes on the market.  The frame itself folds down to fit into a tennis racket bag.  The greatest part is that when the bike is unfolded, it looks like a normal bike and not a compact oddity with tiny wheels.  It can be folded with the wheels connected or detached for an even smaller footprint. FUBi is also configurable with three different wheel sizes; the narrow road rim, the city/gravel rim, and the mountain rim.  This allows the bike to function in a number of environments. FUBi comes in three sizes: 25″, 26″ and 28″. FUBi ships in May for £1,499, but you can order one through their Kickstarter campaign HERE for £989, shipping April 2014.  Continue reading FUBi Folding Bike

Fitbit Force

simple.b-dis-jpg.h8417ccdb9576e398e8d318c3ac2e4653Fitbit has updated their fitness tracking wristband with the new Fitbit Force.  The Force allows you to keep real time fitness stats right on your wrist. Force tracks steps taken, distance traveled, stairs climbed, calories burned, and active minutes during the day.  At night, the Fitbit can track quality of sleep, hours slept, and has a silent wake up alarm.  Soon the Force will also show call notifications.  The wristband uses Bluetooth 4.0 to automatically update and sync to your computer or smartphone. Its water-resistant design allows you to do all your normal activities without worry of damaging the device. All of your fitness trends are tracked on your personal dashboard within the fitbit app or on your computer. Buy (129.95)

Foldylock

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Foldylock is an incredibly sturdy bike lock that folds to fit into a compact case that you can mount on your bike or toss in a backpack. Constructed of six hardened steel links sheathed in plastic to protect your bikes frame from scratches.  The Foldylock unfolds to a total length of 90cm (just under 3′) and weighs in at 1.5kg (3.3lbs).  The lock is rust free, and the manufacturer claims it has been subjected to rigorous salt bath testing with incredible results. Foldylock features anti-drilling rivets and cylinder secured in a hardened steel housing, its a tough lock to crack. Buy ($80 Kickstarter) Continue reading Foldylock

GoPro Hero3+

We’ve always been fans of GoPro’s line of action cameras, in fact we’ve written a few other posts on their cameras and accessories that utilize them, here, here, and here. This week they introduced the latest iteration of their camera line, the Hero3+ Black Edition.  The is smaller, lighter, and faster than the already amazing Hero3 Black. You still get the same awesome features; 12MP photos, burst mode, up to 4K resolution.  The 3+ also gives you 30% longer battery life, 4X faster WiFi connectivity, 20% smaller and lighter than previous models, a sharper lens, and vastly improved low light performance.  All this in a camera that’s about the size of a box of matches. SuperView™ ‘captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective’. This is THE action sports camera. Buy ($399.99) Check out some footage after the jump. Continue reading GoPro Hero3+

Burton X Red Wing Leather Ion Snowboard Boot

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With snowboard season just around the corner, it’s time to throw away your worn out 5 year old boots and pick up a set that will last you just as long.  The Burton Ion Red Wing Collaboration boot combines the superior tech of Burton’s best boot with the timeless look of Red Wing Shoe leather.  With Speed Zone lacing you’ll be on the hill in no time. EVA cushioning and snow-proof lining will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable all day long. Shrinkage footprint technology allows for the boot’s footprint to be effectively one size smaller, to keep toe drag to a minimum while making the boot lighter and more responsive. Buy ($479.95)

2014 Honda Grom

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The 2014 Honda Grom has just hit the streets.  This no frills street sport bike may lack the power of a super bike, but it retains all the fun and Honda engineering standards through and through.  Powered by a 125cc fuel-injected engine, this lightweight machine will be a blast on Main Street or mountain roads.  It’s a small bike with big features. Hydraulic disc brakes and a 4 speed transmission get the job done quick, whether you’re stopping or going. The low seat height of 29.7 inches allows for easy flat-foot stops and a comfortable ride.  The Grom is a 2-up capable ride, so be sure to bring a friend.  Starting at just $2,999, this is a great first or even second bike.  Visit your local Honda dealer today! Check out Honda’s hype video after the jump. Continue reading 2014 Honda Grom